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Global Law Office
15F, TOWER 1, CHINA CENTRAL PLACE
NO 81 JIANGUO ROAD, CHAOYANG DISTRICT
BEIJING 100025
China

Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 1

Global Law Office's key areas of expertise are onshore, offshore and cross-border financing; advising foreign and domestic banks and companies on project financing in relation to the One Belt One Road initiative (including sovereign borrowing supported by the export banks), cross-border loan transactions, green financing and debt financing in the PRC. The team is jointly led by Lawrence Lin, whose broad practice encompasses in foreign investment, M&A, acquisition and project finance, international syndication, and asset finance; and M&A, foreign direct and overseas investment expert Xin Zhang.

Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms Tier 1

Global Law Office advises biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device clients as well as financial institutions investing in the industry. It is well positioned to advise clients on compliance and regulatory, transactional, financing, licensing, IP and dispute settlement for adverse effect in clinical trials and medical treatment. The 'business savvy and client friendly' team saw an increasing instruction in the portable medical devices and mobile medical platform sphere. Alan Zhou specialises in compliance and regulatory matters and is regularly instructed on big-ticket M&A transactions. Michael Yu counts Tencent as a major client which he recently advised on the merger of Tencent Doctorwork and Trusted Doctors, a medical service providers that provides online and offline clinics in China. Bojia Zhao focuses on onshore and offshore public offerings and venture capital transactions.

TMT: PRC firms Tier 1

Global Law Office is noted for its full contentious and non-contentious TMT offering, handling IP disputes, as well as public offerings, private equity investments, debt financing, IP licencing and transfers, cyber security and data protection matters, for a range of Chinese technology companies, including Tencent. The group, which is based across Beijing and Shanghai, is jointly led by international and domestic private equity expert Steven YuVincent Wang, who specialises in operational and regulatory work (including encryption and matters relating to e-payment), and intellectual property specialist Meph Jia Gui. In July 2018, the team was greatly boosted by the arrival of Maggie Meng, who advises multinationals and SOEs on data protection, from an in-house position with Mobovoi.

Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office's sweet spot is in advising underwriters and issuers on complex structured transactions and securitisations in debt and equity capital markets. The group has wide sectoral expertise, spanning the TMT, manufacturing, healthcare, real estate, banking and education sectors, and clients include investment banks and multinational and domestic corporations. On the debt side, the group has expertise in advising Chinese issuers of overseas bonds and non-Chinese issuers of Panda Bonds. The group is based across Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, and is instructed on domestic and overseas matters. Key figures on the team include managing partner Jinrong Liu, who has experience advising on equity offerings on Chinese and various overseas markets, including the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the London Stock Exchange; derivatives, structured finance and securitisation expert Xin Zhang; and Yu Zhang, who has experience advising on M&A involving listed companies.

Corporate and M&A: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office advises on all aspects of private acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers and mergers, with particular strength and expertise in cross-border M&A deals and transactions involving SOEs, PRC-listed companies and public companies in capital markets of other jurisdictions. Managing partner Jinrong Liu and Shifang Guo advised Xiamen Tungsten on its $1bn acquisition of Kazakhstan tungsten mines and acted for CICC Capital Management and ARA Asset Management on establishing a joint venture and the subsequent acquisition of a commercial real estate from Tishman; Steven Yu acted for Puhua Capital on its participation in the VIE structure and series E financing of Ximalaya.com and advised Tencent, the controlling shareholder of Tencent Doctorwork, in the merger transaction of the Tencent Doctorwwork and Trusted Doctors. Huawei Lin counts Blackstone, Warburg Pincus and KKR as his major clients. Yu ZhangAlex Liu and Cheng Li are also key names to note.

Dispute resolution: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office handles a wide variety of commercial litigation and arbitration, representing clients in cases including asset management and securities disputes, as well as arbitrations in China and abroad. Clients include a mixture of SOEs, foreign companies and financial institutions. The department is jointly led by Yifeng Gao and Xiusong Xing. A representation of the group's capabilities, Xing is representing the Yoovidhya Family (the Thai founders and owners of Red Bull) in multiple cases before the China International Commercial Court.

Fintech: PRC firms Tier 2

Led by Jinrong LiuSteven Yu, and Vincent WangGlobal Law Office handles a wide spectrum of work in the fintech space, including onshore, offshore and cross-border transactions, P2P, online payment, and blockchain. A diverse group of clients includes Tencent, Shanghai Shi Zhuang IT Co., and the Xiaomi group, with matters focusing primarily on mergers, financing, and stock offerings for technology companies in a range of industries, including healthcare, TMT and retail. Jinrong Liu and Qiuning Kang advised Shanghai Sina on the $115m acquisition of P2P company Bejiing Jiubangwo.

Private equity: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office 'gives very constructive advice' and it 'offers clients best solutions that are both compliant and highly practical'. Its client roster features a number of global leading private equity houses including Warburg Pincus which it recently handled its Series D financing of Mofang (China) Service Group. It also advises the invested companies in a broad range of sectors in their financing transactions. Shenzhen-based Cheng Li and Jihong He advised Hive Box on its Series A+ financing round. Steven Yu has over a decade experience of advising international and domestic private equity and venture capital firms, as well as e-commerce giants in their investments in China-based TMT companies. Yu advised Tencent on its Series D preferred share investment in Kuaikan World (Cayman). Michael Yu advised CITIC Capital on its RMB3.65bn investment in Beijing Century Kangrui Medical Management. Other recommended individuals are managing partner Jinrong Liu and Huawei Lin.

Projects and energy: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office provides a full-service to domestic and foreign project owners, developers, investors, lessors, lessees, lenders and borrowers. The group is particularly focused on the resource extraction industry, but it has experience in a variety of domestic infrastructure projects, including urban transport and development, the construction of aviation facilities. Department head Kevin Wang specialises in project construction and energy, and is ably supported by corporate lawyer Miller Wang.

Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office has notable expertise in corporate investigation and anti-corruption matters. Within the team, Alan Zhou is particularly experienced in all aspects of regulatory compliance issues for pharmaceutical and healthcare sector clients; litigator Weiwei Gu specialises in handling administrative investigation cases; Michael Weng handles investigations and enforcement of white collar crimes and management frauds; and of counsel Jacky Li is well versed in conducting investigations in connection with employees and commercial bribery.

Shipping: PRC firms Tier 2

The shipping and maritime team at Global Law Office is spread across Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It routinely advises on disputes involving charter parties and maritime contracts as well as non-contentious matters for an enviable client roster of Chinese banks, international commercial banks, investment banks, ship owners and shipbuilders. In Beijing, the team is jointly led by Yifeng GaoJingye Jiang and Ting Lei.

WTO/international trade: PRC firms Tier 2

In September 2018, Global Law Office merged with specialist international trade firm HaoLiWen, significantly boosting the firm's offering, taking on, among others, customs expert Deming Zhao. The group is jointly led by the 'very experienced and diligent' Frank Hang, who handles anti-dumping and countervailing cases, and Qing Ren, who is a veteran of WTO dispute settlement and trade policy issues. In addition to contentious matters, the group advises domestic and international clients on trade law compliance.

Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 3

Global Law Office is singled out for its 'great responsiveness and deep understanding of SAMR proceedings'. Qing Ren is the 'go-to' person and handled a large number of major merger control filings. John Wan has 'a full understanding of Chinese and foreign anti-monopoly law, legislative dynamics, and key law enforcement issues' as well as 'notable expertise in the automotive industry' which 'enables him to give precise compliance advice'. Wan recently assisted a pharmaceutical company with an abuse of dominance litigation and advised on a number of anti-monopoly investigations. The team further strengthened its investigation and compliance capacity with the hire of Shujun Liu and Lili Wu from Fangda Partners in 2018.

Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 3

Leveraging its full-service offering and its strong expertise in sectors such as TMT and healthcare, the team at Global Law Office advises on a broad range of fund formation, license application, tax, regulatory and compliance, and ongoing operations and closing transactions. The team's 2019 hire of five lawyers, including Xianlai LiuYuan YuanJinghe WangZhihong Jian and Huijie Xu from a major PRC firm, has allowed it to expand its offering in the fund formation and investment space. The team operates from its Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen offices in China where Jinrong Liu, Amy Dai and Shifang Guo are highly recommended.

Labour and employment: PRC firms Tier 3

Global Law Office's labour and employment group is well-known for its expertise in establishing labour management systems, handling human resources issues and resolving complicated labour disputes, especially for multinational entities. Practice head Zhao Li is an experienced litigator - both in the context of arbitration and traditional court cases - while Weiwei Gu specialises in regulatory compliance and defence. Also notable is Gaochong Hu who is based in Beijing with all other named attorneys.

Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 3

Global Law Office advises clients on designing, financing, bidding and tendering for construction projects. It also handles project development and operation, M&A of real estate companies and dispute resolution. The team is often instructed by real estate companies on capital markets matters, including bond issuances and IPOs. Huawei LinKevin WangMiller WangJason Wang and Minghao Xu jointly lead the department from the Beijing office.

Intellectual property: PRC firms

Global Law Office is known for litigation involving patent, trademark, copyright and un-fair competition. The firm also has expertise in research and training related to IP law. Notable in this area are Ying Mu, Ping Qiao, Jack Zhanke Li, Hongbin Zhang and Meph Jia Gui. They co-lead the team with with Yonghua Zhang, who joined from Legal Affairs Department of SIPO in 2018; and Degang Ma, who arrived from Jingtian & Gongcheng in 2018.

About GLO

Global Law Office is the first Chinese law firm. Its history dates back to 1979 when it became one of the first law firms in the PRC.

The firm is a leading Chinese law firm. It has long been recognised by both international and domestic league tables and legal institutions as an elite Chinese law firm.

Global Law Office is one of the largest Chinese law firms. It has more than 300 lawyers practising in the firm’s Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen offices, most of whom have gained qualifications and hands-on experience in law schools and firms throughout Asia, North America, Europe and Australia.

Global Law Office provides premium and ‘one-stop’ services. The firm is proud of its ability to deliver exceptionally high-quality, ‘one-stop’ services across a diverse set of practice areas for a comprehensive range of industries and sectors.

The firm is creative. Its record of legal innovation is unique in the PRC. Global Law Office’s expertise has helped set the agenda for change through precedents involving many of the country’s ‘firsts’.

Global Law Office provides solutions. It brings its clients the legal and cultural understanding and insight needed for long term success in the PRC, and legally viable, commercially feasible and regulatorily acceptable solutions for each of their matters.

Our Precedents

Our record of legal innovation is unique in the PRC. Over three decades, our expertise has helped set the agenda for change through precedents involving many of the country’s ‘firsts’:

  • The first power plant with overseas project financing – Shandong Rizhao Power Plant
  • The first nuclear power plant project – Dayawan Nuclear Power Plant
  • The first Sino-USA joint venture project – Pingshuo Coal Mine
  • The first leasing of aircraft – Southern Airlines of China
  • The first and second N-Share offering and listing of PRC-based enterprises on the New York Stock Exchange – Brilliance Automotive China Holdings Limited in 1992 and China Yuchai International Limited in 1994
  • The first offshore securitisation transaction, backed by receivables generated from PRC-based originators’ offshore receivables – the 1997 COSCO offshore freight receivables securitisation project
  • The first onshore asset securitisation transaction – securitisation of financial receivables of RMB13.25 billion of China Huarong Asset Management Company
  • The first state-owned red chip company listed in Hong Kong to acquire the controlling interest in an A-share company listed in China by means of a reverse takeover – Tianjin Port Development Holdings Limited (3382.HK), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Grand Point Investment Limited, acquired 56.81% shares in Tianjin Port Holdings Co., Ltd. (600717.SH) from Tianjin Port (Group) Co., Ltd. for a total consideration of HK$10,961 million
  • The first OTC derivatives master agreement and relevant definitions documents in the PRC – as the key drafting member for the NAFMII Master Agreement and its Definitions between 2007 and 2013
  • The first issuance of medium-term notes in the PRC interbank bond market – Huadian Group as the first batch of issuers in 2008
  • The first credit risk mitigation agreement (the Chinese equivalent of CDS) and credit risk mitigation warrants in the PRC – the CRMA and CRMW issued by China Bond Insurance Co., Ltd. as protection seller in 2009
  • The first issuance of CNY bonds in Hong Kong, London and Taiwan markets – the Dim Sum and Island Bonds issued by China Construction Bank Corporation Limited as the first batch of Mainland-background issuers between 2008 and 2013
  • The first issuance of Panda Bonds by an international company in the PRC – Daimler AG in 2014
  • The first case to apply the Docdex Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France, involving a Chinese bank in relation to a letter of credit dispute – the Beijing Commercial Bank L/C case
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